What is
            for the
Elementary Seminar and
IST Remediation Intern

   Family & Consumer Science Department
         South Western High School
Teaching is a profession…..

                 …therefore, candidates
                 are expected to display
                 appropriate and
                 professional behavior,
                 appearance, and
What are the expectations
  for Elementary Seminar and IST interns?
        Your Professional Disposition:

 Seminar and IST students participating in
 professional roles should develop and
 demonstrate dispositions that are expected for
 educators, demonstrating ethical behaviors and
 attitudes of a professional educator, and
 communicating with students in your charge and
 cooperating teachers effectively.
What are Dispositions?
   The values, commitments, and professional ethics that
    influence behaviors toward students, families,
    colleagues and communities that affect student learning,
    motivation, and development as well as the educator’s
    own professional growth, guided by beliefs and
    attitudes related to global values such as:
          caring

          fairness

          honesty

          responsibility

          social justice

          etc.
                    You….are an educator!
        Professional Dispositions
   Attendance and punctuality
   Self-initiative & independence
   Reliability and dependability
   Desire to improve
   Appropriate response to feedback & supervision
   Critical thinking skills
   Collegiality
   Adequate & appropriate oral grammar & speaking skills
   Adequate & appropriate written grammar & writing skills
   Commitment to the teaching profession.
   Professional ethics and demeanor
        Professional Dispositions
   Developing skills of personal responsibility for…
     professional development and learning
     “behavior” & attitudes
     successes & achievements
     failures & mistakes

   Developing the professional maturity to
     apologize
     make  amends
     celebrate other’s successes even if you have failed
     conduct professional reflection if you have failed,
      ….and try again!
Professional Conduct for
 Elementary Seminar &
      IST Interns
   Arrive on time, stay the full period and/or time

   Pre-arrange any absence with the Seminar
    IST/Teacher and notify your Cooperating
    Classroom Teacher the morning of your
    absence by e-mail or a phone call.

   Always have classroom & materials prepared
    and organized.
   Consistently demonstrate professional oral language
       Appropriate language, tone of voice, etc. is expected. Avoid:
          cursing/swearing or use of objectionable words
          derogatory jokes, remarks, etc.
          racist, sexist, demeaning “slurs”, remarks, or jokes
          personal remarks about religious or political views to students
          personal remarks about students and staff
          argumentative or aggressive verbal tones
          Incorrect grammar and usage (a common reason why beginning teachers
           don’t get jobs!!!)
   Consistently demonstrate professional writing skills.
       All writing will be evaluated as if you were a professional educator in
        a public or private classroom. Neatness, spelling, grammar,
        penmanship, citation and referencing counts!
          Home/school written communications
          School communications
          Writing “on the board”
          Etc.
   Always be respectful of classmates, cooperating
    teachers, other professionals, staff and all students
    in your charge.
     Respect staff and administration’s practices, beliefs,
      classroom management, instructional styles, etc.

   Consistently demonstrate professional social skills.
     CAUTION:    the “teacher lounge trap” ~ don’t gossip!

   Maintain confidentiality of students and staff.
     Avoid  using specific names of staff, students, and grade
      locations except with cooperating teachers and
      Seminar/IST instructor.
     NEVER discuss anything about a student outside of
      appropriate professional settings.
   You are a GUEST in your school – please avoid:

       Cell phone and pager usage during class time
       Casual blue jeans (except on sanctioned “dress down days”)
       Mini and low-rise skirts
       Crop tops, low cut tops, or spaghetti straps
       T-Shirts with logos/words (other than school sanctioned)
       Low-cut pants and “baggy britches”
       Overly tight-fitting clothing
       Strong scented perfumes, aftershaves, tobacco odor, etc.
       “Spiky-high fashion” shoes or “flip-flops”
       Baseball-style caps
       Obvious body piercings or tattoos – minimize, remove, or cover -
        and - check on the school’s policy.
       Gum, food, tongue studs (remove them for the school day!). because
        of effect on oral speech enunciation.
 YES!
  Dress  conservatively
  Shirts/sweaters with COVERAGE !
  Khakis, slacks, “Docker” style pants, etc. are suggested
  Comfortable skirts & dresses of appropriate length are
   completely acceptable!
  Be practical and professional – life in the elementary
   settings can be hard on clothing and shoes – don’t wear
   anything you don’t want damaged! This is not the time or
   place for a “fashion show”!
  Do the “mirror test”. Bend over, stretch, lean down, and
   kneel – if you see skin where you shouldn’t don’t wear it to
               Professional Conduct
   Respect professional boundaries - DO NOT:

       Develop a “personal friendship” with students
       Visit students at their home or have students come to your home

   Avoid the appearance of Sexual Harassment
       Do not be alone with an elementary student. If you must:
          Sit in full view (to the hallway) with an open door

          Sit on opposite side of desk or table – or at least on adjacent side
            (avoid “shoulder to shoulder”)
       Do not sexually harass any student, staff member, or visitor
       Make every reasonable effort to avoid even the appearance of
        actions that could be interpreted as sexual harassment of students
        and/or co-workers.
               Professional Conduct
   Respect personal boundaries
       Do not use corporal punishment
           Hitting, slapping, shoving, paddling, grabbing, etc.

       If you initiate “time outs”, do so only under direct supervision and
        follow all school and state-sanctioned guidelines and policies.
       USE EXTREME CAUTION with all physical contact including
        hugs, “back-pats”, touching, etc.
       Notify your university supervisor if you implement any
        questionable treatment of an elementary student or are
        concerned a student may alleged that inappropriate touching or
        harassment has occurred.
Course Grade & …
Real World Career Killers
   Gossip, whining, & griping
   Breach of confidentiality
   Substance abuse
   Tardiness & absenteeism
   Academic incompetence
   Poor oral speaking skills
   Poor writing skills
   Unprofessional behavior and
    demeanor as described in this
    Miscellaneous Responsibilities
   Learn the safety regulations. Know exactly what to do for:
       Fire and other safety drills and evacuations
       Weapons & bomb threats
       First aid situations, including school district policy about giving aid
       Lock-Down procedures (preplan care for your children if you can’t leave the school!)
       People authorized for pick-up and delivery of students
   Use of Public Property
       Use property only in accordance with the rules and regulations of the school
        and district. No equipment, supplies or materials may be taken off-site
        without expressed permission.
Teachers are mandated reporters….
 Drug use, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, potential suicide,
  harm to others, etc.
       Helping professionals and teachers are required to report.
       Report full knowledge to your cooperating teacher and seminar/IST teacher,
            The school will have specific guidelines regarding the steps to be taken. Your
             responsibility is to inform without delay and to follow the procedures of the
             school and district.
   Communicable Diseases
       Always protect yourself – strictly follow blood borne pathogens
       Always have rubber gloves on you (this is why teachers like
        pockets!) or near you.

   Liability
     There is always a risk that you can be held liable for a situation
      during a field experience at the elementary school.
     When you student teach…Most school districts will not “cover”
      personal liability cases or judgments against an individual.
     When you student teach keep in mind…liability. It is
    strongly recommend that you acquire liability insurance.
         Personal policy

         Student membership
“The Buck Stops Here…..”
               Maintain a positive, professional
                attitude, even if things are
                getting “rough and tough.”

               Please conduct yourself in a
                manner befitting a member of
                the teaching profession!

               You must follow any other
                ethical and professional
                standards set by the school in
                which you are completing a field

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